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Average Energy Prices, Chicago-Gary-Kenosha — June 2017

Gasoline prices averaged $2.452 a gallon in the Chicago-Gary-Kenosha area in June 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that area gasoline prices were down 25.6 cents compared to June 2016 when they averaged $2.708 per gallon. Chicago area households paid an average of 16.1 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity in June 2017, up from the 15.1 cents per kWh paid in June 2016. In June, the average cost of utility (piped) gas was 89.0 cents per therm, up from its average price of 74.4 cents per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)

At $2.452 a gallon, prices for gasoline in the Chicago area were comparable to the national average of $2.400 a gallon in June 2017. Chicago area gasoline prices in the previous four years (2013-2016) in June exceeded the national average, ranging from 28.6 cents to 61.9 cents more. (See chart 1.)

The 16.1 cents per kWh that Chicago households paid for electricity in June 2017 was 13.4 percent higher than the nationwide average cost of 14.2 cents per kWh. With the exception of June 2013, when Chicago area electricity costs were 9.5 percent lower than the national average, Chicago electricity costs in the previous four years (2013-2016) in June have exceeded the national average, ranging from 9.4 percent to 12.6 percent more. (See chart 2.)

Prices paid by Chicago area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were 89.0 cents per therm in June 2017, 14.4 percent below the national average of $1.040 per therm. With the exception of June 2014, when Chicago area utility (piped) gas costs were 6.4 percent higher than the national average, Chicago area utility (piped) gas costs in the previous four years (2013-2016) in June were lower than the national average, ranging from 11.7 percent to 17.8 percent less. (See chart 3.)

The Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, Ill.-Ind.-Wis., Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area consists of Cook, De Kalb, Du Page, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties in Illinois; Lake and Porter Counties in Indiana; and Kenosha County in Wisconsin.

Historical average energy prices for the U.S. and select metropolitan areas are available at

The Consumer Price Index for July 2017 is scheduled to be released on Friday, August 11, 2017.

Technical Note

Average prices are estimated from Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for selected commodity series to support the research and analytic needs of CPI data users. Average prices for electricity, utility (piped) gas, and gasoline are published monthly for the U.S. city average, the 4 regions, the 3 population size classes, 10 region/size-class cross-classifications, and the 14 largest local index areas. For electricity, average prices per kilowatt-hour (kWh) are published. For utility (piped) gas, average prices per therm are published. For gasoline, the average price per gallon is published. Average prices for commonly available grades of gasoline are published as well as the average price across all grades.

All eligible prices are converted to a price per normalized quantity. These prices are then used to estimate a price for a defined fixed quantity. The average price per kilowatt-hour represents the total bill divided by the kilowatt-hour usage. The total bill is the sum of all items applicable to all consumers appearing on an electricity bill including, but not limited to, variable rates per kWh, fixed costs, taxes, surcharges, and credits. This calculation also applies to the average price per therm for utility (piped) gas.

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Table 1. Average prices for gasoline, electricity, and utility (piped) gas, Chicago-Gary-Kenosha and the United States, June 2016 – June 2017, not seasonally adjusted
Year and month Gasoline per gallon Electricity per kWh Utility (piped) gas per therm
Chicago area United States Chicago area United States Chicago area United States




$2.708 $2.422 $0.151 $0.138 $0.744 $0.891


2.403 2.287 0.153 0.139 0.781 0.931


2.390 2.218 0.151 0.139 0.813 0.943


2.415 2.269 0.151 0.139 0.844 0.954


2.419 2.304 0.148 0.134 0.852 0.961


2.242 2.246 0.148 0.131 0.869 0.970


2.433 2.289 0.148 0.133 0.836 0.972




2.556 2.409 0.152 0.134 0.876 1.000


2.420 2.360 0.152 0.135 0.885 1.003


2.456 2.386 0.154 0.134 0.867 0.989


2.653 2.479 0.151 0.135 0.861 1.000


2.538 2.448 0.150 0.137 0.875 1.036


2.452 2.400 0.161 0.142 0.890 1.040


Last Modified Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017